Thursday, August 26, 2010


We saw "180 South" the other night.  It's a documentary about a guy who has spent his life working part-time and temporary jobs so he can go on the ultimate journey to climb a mountain or surf that perfect wave.  "180 South" documents his journey to Patagonia, in Chile/Argentina, to fulfill a 40-year old dream of his.  Wow, what a beautiful place.

It looks like the pictures I've seen of Alaska.
I REALLY want to see a glacier.  They're such an awesome and powerful force!  They make rivers and gorges and leave huge boulders where they don't make sense.  Like this:
They're calleds "erratics."  Pretty cool, right? 
(I didn't know that before I googled "giant boulders left by glaciers")

Anyhoo, it was a good movie (although a bit depressing) and got me really excited about our upcoming adventure. 

I'm not usually the philosopher type, but these two quotes really struck me:

"The hardest thing to do is simplify your life."


"You can't go backwards, but you can turn around 180 degrees and take one step."

To quote a really annoying song from the 90's, "Things that make ya go hmmmmmmmmmm....."

(Great, now that stupid song is stuck in my head.  Sorry if the same thing happened to you.)

But seriously, it does make you think.  We spend our lives accumulating stuff.  How are we going to get rid of all our stuff and live out of a camper for a year?   I'm actually really looking forward to how freeing it should be, but I wonder if the actual process will be hard??

1 comment:

  1. I saw that doc too and it totally made me want to check out Patagonia and Easter Island. So amazing.

    As for getting rid of all your stuff, I can say that its pretty hard at first but a totally amazing experience. Living with nothing makes you very resourceful...which should be right up Greg's alley ;).